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Lutes Slip Past Wildcats, 73-70

Lutes Slip Past Wildcats, 73-70

Contact: Mark Albanese, Director of Sports Communication

TACOMA, Wash. - Dylan Foreman piled on a game-high 22 points as the Pacific Lutheran University men's basketball team survived a scare inside Olson Gymnasium on Friday night, outlasting Portland Bible College 73-70.

The host Lutes (5-4) built their largest lead of the game with 10:03 remaining on a Foreman jumper, building a 12-point buffer. The pesky Wildcats (0-10) battled back, hitting four threes while sinking nine free throws over the next eight minutes to close the gap to just a single point with 1:47 remaining. Tyson Birrer came up clutch in the final seconds, hitting four free throws in the last 32 seconds to preserve the three point win after Portland Bible misfired on a three as time expired.

"Dylan had a great game and he demands more from his teammates in timeouts," said Head Coach Steve Dickerson. "He and Andrew Ardissone are trying to provide internal leadership which we desperately needed."

A sluggish start saw the Lutes trailing 15-5 after just eight minutes of play. PLU utilized a 13-2 run late in the opening stanza, taking a two point lead on an Ardissone layup with 2:44 left before the half. The two teams traded jabs the rest of the half with a Kyle Sawtell jumper knotting the score at 30 heading into the intermission.

PLU tallied 15 of the first 19 points of the second half and never trailed en route to the non-conference win.

Foreman finished the game 10-for-19 from the field, netting a game-high 22 points while Birrer added 13 points and seven boards. Brandon Lester chipped in 12 while Kyle Sawtell had eight points and a team-high nine rebounds.

"There's no excuses for the lack of effort and intelligence we showed tonight. With that being said, we came out in second half and got ahead playing with tough defense and great movement on offense to create easy shots," said Foreman.

"As a captain I took it upon myself to get the team to step up and start playing hard so I'm proud that we came alive after a stagnant first 10 minutes of the game."

PLU outrebouded the Wildcats by a 42-31 margin and enjoyed a 30-14 edge in points in the paint. Portland Bible inflicted significant damage from the perimeter, hitting 10 three-pointers and shooting at a 47.6 percent clip from distance.

The Lutes have the next week off before returning to the hardwood on Dec. 18, facing Illinois Institute of Technology at 3 p.m. in Santa Cruz, California.